CAREER

 

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We’re part of the United Group, which gives our colleagues opportunities across all our business units. And people are our most important assets – whether you work in Research & Development, Sales & Marketing, Technical Support, Customer Service, Production or General Administration.

Learn more about what Life @ United Group is like, or check out our job vacancies.

Feel free to read more about us, our values, our management, and our group.

LIFE @ UNITED GROUP

When it comes down to people it is not just about what skills or capabilities you might have but also about chemistry, which we believe is even more important. To give you a better idea what life at United Group really is like and how we live our values, we’ve asked two of our colleagues to talk openly about it.

Here is what they had to say:

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Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Ulf Kursawe,
Project Manager, United Biopolymers, S.A.

“I enjoy the fact that none of my days is the same. I get involved in both product research and technical client support. My time is split between work in the laboratory as well as at clients’ sites. To do my job, I need to be knowledgable and agile. I enjoy working at United Biopolymers as it allows me to explore and come-up with new ideas. If you want to be my colleague, you definitely need to be a team player.“

Silvia Peralta,
R&D Manager, United Resins, S.A.

“Having been part of United Resins right from the start, I have to say that the journey to our success to date has been both exciting and rewarding. We are a young, strong, creative and motivated team. Our laboratory, like our factory, is equipped with the latest technology and high levels of automation. I love working with resins as with most natural products it is an additional challenge to understand and control them. Our products are cutting edge, and we thrive to develop solutions for challenging applications and markets. If you’re looking for a professional challenge and personal growth opportunities, then I encourage to join us.”

Does that sound like a place you’d like to work?
If yes, we’re recruiting. Check out our job vacancies.

JOB VACANCIES

We’re recruiting.  And there couldn’t be a more exciting time to join us at United Group. Both our business units have ambitious growth plans, and to achieve this we’re looking for talented colleagues in the areas of sales & marketing, product development, technical support, and general administration.

 

CURRENT JOB VACANCIES

 

Director, Plant + Operations

 

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Director, Plant + Operations you’ll be part of our management team, and be responsible for our plant’s infrastructure and its entire operation, including both our chemical plant as well as our Bioplastics Application Centre.

Start date:
1 March 2017

Direct reports:
Yes

Location:
Head office/Plant

Travel:
Negligible

You’ll:

  • Own, manage, and maintain plant infrastructure
  • Own and manage raw material forecast + procurement
  • Plan, schedule, and manage production
  • Lead all plant workers
  • Manage any third-party contractors
  • Foster a safety culture
  • Ensure adherence with current legislation

Ideally you’re:

  • 5+ years of plant management experience
  • Worked in a chemical production environment
  • Ideally also some experience in plastic conversion
  • Be fluent in English +Portuguese (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays
  • Health insurance

Apply here.

Chemist + Process Technologist (PHD)

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Chemist + Process Technologist (PHD) you part of our R+D team. You will further develop new or enhance products based on market demand.

Start date:
ASAP

Direct reports:
No

Location:
Head office

Travel:
Minimal

You’ll:

  • Head-up new R+D initiatives
  • Translate market requirements into bioplastic compounds
  • Lead interdisciplinary teams working on cost-effective packaging solutions
  • Add rigour to the product development cycle
  • Represent the company at external events (both academic as well as sales)

Ideally you’re:

  • PHD degree in Chemistry and/or Master Chemical Engineering (or related discipline)
  • 3+ years of experience with processing polymers, pilot and lab activities, as well as analytics
  • Be fluent in English (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays
  • Health insurance

Apply here.

Manager, Technical Marketing

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
Our Technical Marketing Managers are the lynchpin between our organisation and customers. You will be transferring our production knowledge to compounders and converters around the world, and bring back product development ideas to our R&D colleagues.

 

Start date:
ASAP

Direct reports:
None

Location:
Head office (other European locations considered)

Travel:
40-60%

 

You will:

  • Define and implement a product development strategy
  • Set and monitor standards for technical support
  • Manage the budgets for product development and technical support
  • Leading all technical resources
  • Supporting marketing and business development
  • Managing client relationships at technical level
  • Managing all customer trials
  • Representing United Biopolymers at public events

Ideally you’re:

  • Educated to master level in Engineering (alternatively in Business Studies)
  • 3+ years experience in blown film extrusion
  • Fluent in English skills (and ideally other European language)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays
  • Health insurance

Apply here.

Shift leader, Production

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Shift leader, Production you’ll be in charge of managing the daily operation of the chemical plant during your assigned shift. You will be responsible for safe running of the plant.

Start date:
1 March 2017

Direct reports:
Yes

Location:
Plant

Travel:
None

You’ll:

  • Ensure production and quality targets are hit
  • Lead shift workers
  • Oversee any unscheduled maintenance
  • Foster a safety culture
  • Ensure compliance with current legislation

Ideally you’re:

  • 3+ years of team leader experience
  • Worked in a chemical production environment
  • Ideally also some experience in plastic conversion
  • Be fluent in English + Portuguese (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays

Apply here.

Lead Operator, Mixing/Compounding

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Lead Operator, Mixing/Compounding you’ll be our in-house expert for all topics of product mixing and plastic compounding. You will be involved in both regular production as well as R&D or joint-development activities with our clients.

Start date:
1 March 2017

Direct reports:
None

Location:
Plant

Travel:
None

You’ll:

  • Maintain/update job-related procedures/processes
  • Train other operators (if required)
  • Produce in accordance to production plan
  • Maintain equipment in a clean and operating state
  • Manage and conduct maintenance
  • Support other colleagues in plant (if required)

Ideally you’re:

  • 5+ years of plastic compounding experience
  • Worked with twin-screw extruders (ideally Berstorff)
  • Good English skills (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays

Apply here.

Lead Operator, Blown Film Extrusion

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Lead Operator, Blown Film Extrusion you’ll be our in-house expert for all topics of film extrusion. You’ll be responsible for our new 3-layer Reifenhäuser COEX extrusion line with inline MDO. You’ll be involved in both regular production as well as R&D or joint-development activities with our clients.

Start date:
1 March 2017

Direct reports:
None

Location:
Plant

Travel:
None

You’ll:

  • Define/update job-related procedures/processes
  • Train other operators (if required)
  • Produce in accordance with production plan
  • Maintain equipment in a clean and operating state
  • Manage and conduct maintenance
  • Manage raw  material stock
  • Support other colleagues in plant (if required)

Ideally you’re:

  • 5+ years of film blowing experience
  • Worked with 3-layer COEX extrusion (ideally Reifenhäuser)
  • Desirable experience with MDO
  • Good English skills (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays

Apply here.

Lead Operator, Flexographic Printing

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Lead Operator, Flexographic Printing you’ll be our in-house expert for all topics of film printing. You will be responsible for our new PRINTPLAS 6-colour flexographic printing machine. You’ll be involved in both regular production as well as R&D or joint-development activities with our clients.

Start date:
1 March 2017

Direct reports:
None

Location:
Plant

Travel:
None

You’ll:

  • Define/update job-related procedures/processes
  • Train other operators (if required)
  • Produce in accordance with production plan
  • Maintain equipment in a clean and operating state
  • Manage raw material stock
  • Manage and conduct maintenance
  • Manage relationship with cliche-maker
  • Support other colleagues in plant (if required)

Ideally you’re:

  • 5+ years of bag-making experience
  • Worked bags-on-roll machine (ideally FAS)
  • Good English skills (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays

Apply here.

Lead Operator, Bag-Conversion

Business unit:
United Biopolymers, S.A.

Short description:
As Lead Operator, Bag-making you’ll be our in-house expert for all topics of film conversion into bags. You will be responsible for our new FAS bags-on-roll conversion machine. You’ll be involved in both regular production as well as R&D or joint-development activities with our clients.

Start date:
1 March 2017

Direct reports:
None

Location:
Plant

Travel:
None

You’ll:

  • Define/update job-related procedures/processes
  • Train other operators (if required)
  • Produce in accordance with production plan
  • Maintain equipment in a clean and operating state
  • Manage and conduct maintenance
  • Manage raw material stock
  • Support other colleagues in plant (if required)

Ideally you’re:

  • 5+ years of bag-making experience
  • Worked bags-on-roll machine (ideally FAS)
  • Good English skills (written and spoken)

We offer:

  • Competitive remuneration package
  • 22-25 days holidays

Apply here.

APPLY HERE

If you think you’re a good match for one of our vacancies, we’d like to hear from you. Please use the form on the right to submit your application.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Provide some current contact details;
  2. Select the role you’re interested in;
  3. Provide a short cover letter showcasing your relevant work experience for the role selected; and
  4. Upload your latest CV.

Please complete your application in English language ony, and be aware that we can only accept applications from candidates that have the right to remain and work in the European Union.

We’re looking forward to hearing from you. Good luck!

Not the right job?
We’d still like to hear from you. Please feel free to send us your latest CV on a speculative basis.

Not the right job?
We’d still like to hear from you. Please feel free to send us your latest CV on a speculative basis.

Marc-Henry de Jong
Chief Commercial Officer
+351 919 480574